Painless Hair Removal?

For those who are ridiculed because of their unwanted hair, they can have them removed through permanent hair removal so that they do not have to pluck or shave anymore. Having yourself waxed or undergoing electrolysis are two painful ways to remove hair. Considering the alternatives, lasers make an excellent hair removal option. With waxing, hairs grow back in about a month. Electrolysis, while it might destroy hairs permanently, is tedious, time consuming, painful, and can result in scarring.

What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It is a technology aimed at producing light of high intensity during a very short period of time. It involves specific lamps together with capacitors whose rapid discharge provides the high energy required.

It is a method of hair removal from the body most commonly employed by medical practitioners and esthetician. It involves the use of a specially constructed xenon flash light and focusing optics.

Cheaper and faster than laser hair removal, the IPL removal procedure has become very popular. Although the precise effectiveness of IPL compared to laser epilation is debated by scientists, equipment manufacturers and practitioners, their results are generally accepted to be roughly equivalent. IPL can also be used as a skin treatment in a process known as photo-rejuvenation.

How does it work?

(Extracted from Dermnetnz)

IPL systems work on the same principles as lasers in that light energy is absorbed into particular target cells with colour (chromophores) in the skin. The light energy is converted to heat energy, which causes damage to the specific target area. IPL systems are different to lasers in that they deliver many wavelengths (or colours) in each pulse of light instead of just one wavelength. Most IPL systems use filters to refine the energy output for the treatment of certain areas. This enhances penetration without using excessive energy levels and enables targetting of specific chromophores (these are skin components that absorb light).

IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome. The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime – a patient can often have the procedure done in their lunch break and return to work immediately afterwards.

Before & After

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